Dr. Courtney R. Villari, DDS - 7700 Madison St., River Forest, IL 60305, (708) 689-0419

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Helping your child build good habits in their oral care routine is just as important as teaching them proper hygiene or to eat their veggies.child brushing However, children are infamous for being stubborn and picky. Luckily, Dr. Courtney Villari at Ovation Dental Care in River Forest, IL can help you learn some easy tips and tricks to make brushing fun for your little one to keep their teeth healthy and clean.

Making Brushing Fun

  • Flavored Toothpaste: Children’s toothpaste often comes in fun flavors kids love like bubblegum or strawberry. This tasty toothpaste can make brushing a treat.
  • Singing Toothbrushes: Available from many grocery or drug stores, toothbrushes which sing a song as the child brushes can also make brushing fun. The song usually lasts the recommended two minutes required for effectively cleaning the teeth.
  • Games: Creating a game to play or a dance to perform during brushing time can help liven up a process which may seem boring for a child.

Forming Good Habits Early
Good oral care habits begin before your child cuts their first tooth. Parents should wipe down babies’ gums after each meal with a soft, damp cloth. Your child should begin brushing their teeth twice daily as soon as their first tooth appears. When the teeth grow close enough together to touch, parents should instill good flossing habits in their children. Floss your child’s teeth at least once a day to remove plaque and food particles from the teeth.

Your child should see their River Forest dentist for regular checkups by the time they get their first tooth or turn one year old, depending on which comes first. Seeing the dentist for regular examinations and cleanings at least once every six months greatly reduces the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.

For more information on children’s dentistry or making brushing fun, please contact Dr. Villari at Ovation Dental in River Forest, IL. Call (708) 689-0419 to schedule your child’s regular dental examination and cleaning with Dr. Villari today!